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Russell out, Bennett (and McFadden) in

The Raiders officially confirmed the release of quarterback JaMarcus Russell Thursday on the “transactions” on Raiders.com, while also announcing the signing of running back Michael Bennett.

A nine-year NFL veteran, Bennett had an impressive minicamp (considering there was no tackling) and appeared to be at least the equal of Rock Cartwright as the Raiders look to replace Justin Fargas in the running back rotation behind Darren McFadden and Michael Bush (or vice versa).

If the Raiders’ Web site is any indication, Bush is the leader to be the starting running back.

In the upper left-hand corner (while facing your computer) on the lead page of Raiders.com, a McFadden figure has replaced Russell above that of quarterback Jim Plunkett.

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  • Norco Bob

    BFD

  • Zymurge

    Repost from dead thread
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    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    And no one is missing Fargas’ 2 yard carries.

    Bush averaged just under FIVE YARDS A CARRY!

    Averaged 5 yards a carry and 50 yards at halftime of Cleveland…and the offensive coordinator gives him 1 carry the rest of the game while allowing Charlie Frye to heave the ball 40x

    The running game…hell the entire offense…will be back to competent now that we have a real coach teaching them

    =====

    Fargas is the only one of the three that has decent pass protection skills. Bush blocks like he’s 180 lbs and DMac doesn’t seem to get the scheme yet to adjust to blitzes quickly. I don’t see Bennett fixing this either since his specialty is more of a 3rd down back.

    If you focus on nothing but rushing numbers to evaluate RBs, then you could use a little more football analysis in your diet. Bush gets all his carries in situations where coach decides they’re going to run the ball. The other team picks up on that pretty quickly. And he comes out of the game when the team needs to come from behind, further limiting his uselessness.

    My hope is that the release of Fargas is a show of faith in the maturation of at least one of Bush or DMac in their complete RB package.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    They should have put Zach Miller in the upper left corner….

    Far and away the most productive young offensive player on the team

  • JB

    We still need a quality center. I’d say a TO signing is now 50/50.

  • Thec07

    Thec07 Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    U THINK RUSSELL’S AGENT IS HAPPY, HE LOST A LITTLE CHANGE IN THIS DEAL ALSO.4 MONTH’S AND A ROSTER SPOT AWAY FROM 9 MORE MILLION.THE ORGANISATION DID THE RIGHT THING.

    ++++++++++++++++++==

    The org did a logical thing…Good business decision.

  • JB

    It is now apparent the JaBustus was not willing to restructure his contract. That’s just one more thing that demonstrates that JaBustus really is a dumb-schit. He’s not Southern slow he’s just a DUMB SOB who has just tossed away any future he might have had in the NFL. I have to believe that had he been willing to restructure, AD would have kept him around one more year.

  • inonewordraider

    No way we sign TO, drops too many balls, too much money, not the type of team player we’ve been going after

  • JB

    Al Davis “Got over It” and that’s a good thing for the fans. It’s about time!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    All the fanfare and hype….and his career ends in Oakland with this nondescript line on the Raider website:

    05/06/2010 Waived QB JaMarcus Russell

  • inonewordraider

    unfortunately don’t see him going after Mawae either in hopes the Satele trade pays off and even more unfortunately don’t think a true NT is on our radar with the beleif having big DE’s and big lb’s will stop teams from running all over us

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Zymurge Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    # SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    And no one is missing Fargas’ 2 yard carries.

    Bush averaged just under FIVE YARDS A CARRY!

    Averaged 5 yards a carry and 50 yards at halftime of Cleveland…and the offensive coordinator gives him 1 carry the rest of the game while allowing Charlie Frye to heave the ball 40x

    The running game…hell the entire offense…will be back to competent now that we have a real coach teaching them

    =====

    Fargas is the only one of the three that has decent pass protection skills. Bush blocks like he’s 180 lbs and DMac doesn’t seem to get the scheme yet to adjust to blitzes quickly. I don’t see Bennett fixing this either since his specialty is more of a 3rd down back.

    If you focus on nothing but rushing numbers to evaluate RBs, then you could use a little more football analysis in your diet. Bush gets all his carries in situations where coach decides they’re going to run the ball. The other team picks up on that pretty quickly. And he comes out of the game when the team needs to come from behind, further limiting his uselessness.

    My hope is that the release of Fargas is a show of faith in the maturation of at least one of Bush or DMac in their complete RB package.
    =======================================================
    The Raiders have to get out of the business of STARTING players that are fringe players….Fargas and guys like him are either out of the league or trying to get it on as a backup.

    as for pass protection…coach those guys up to pass protect….if the coaches can’t get BOTH of them to pass protect…get new coaches.

    Oh, we did…Hue Jackson will figure all that mess out

  • No Mas Diamante

    IOWR – TO drops a few but then can score from anywhere on the next play. Always been like that. And, his teammates in Buffalo had no complaints last season. many wanted him to stay. He’s worth signing at the right price.

  • http://tada Florida Pete

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:03 pm
    U THINK RUSSELL’S AGENT IS HAPPY, HE LOST A LITTLE CHANGE IN THIS DEAL ALSO.4 MONTH’S AND A ROSTER SPOT AWAY FROM 9 MORE MILLION.THE ORGANISATION DID THE RIGHT THING.

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    piss on Russell’s agent…

    they’re supposed to do a little more than just collect their fees…

  • On the beach in Cancun

    What a GREAT day for us Raider Fans. We’ve gotten rid of a fat, lingering, cancer which had “no cure in sight.”

    Al, we all make mistakes and picking JaMoron at the time seemed the correct pick…the future John Elway. No way of knowing that he was too dumb and too lazy to exploit his potential, if he had any. The money went to his fat head and his desire for triple cheeseburgers and chili cheese fries couldn’t be controlled.

    Thank you Al for taking the hit and cutting our loses. We can only go upwards from here. Go Raiders…9 and 7.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    for all u T.O haters out their this would b a great addition like when moss went to new england campbell is no tom brady but moss wasnt a great raider teammate but it worked somewhere else so check the hate at the entrance on your way to the game

  • Plunketthead

    AL JUST TEXTED ME

    Heres his bucket list
    1) Win three more superbowls as GM of the Raiders
    2) Live another twenty years
    3) Piss on FoolKells grave

  • SR Raider

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!

    Time to go out and celebrate. Today is now the best day of the year so far.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    were not known for our great locker room chemistry r we so all this cancer talk is jumping the gun plus this team needs a swagger who brings that on our roster

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Florida Pete…

    Ya, piss on Russell’s agent. He screwed us with his long greedy contract issues and it results in that late start for JaMoron (which on hindsight wouldn’t have mattered much as fat-ass showed that he only wanted to eat and spend more on fur coats and diamond earrings).

    I don’t believe in what goes around comes around. It just sounds good but in reality the good die young and the bad seem to get the breaks. However, a little bad “karma” going their way (JaMoron and his piss face agent) would be welcomed.

  • inonewordraider

    were not known for our great locker room chemistry r we so all this cancer talk is jumping the gun plus this team needs a swagger who brings that on our roster

    Louis Murphy is showing signs of that on O, Zach Miller a good spokespearson, J Campbell needs to be the leader Bruce was not neccesarily in the the same fiery way. On D is Mike Mitchell can stay on the field long enough he definately has the fire as does Branch. Mcclain is a leader at LB, Seymour on the DL, Houston has the right nastiness, Nnamdi is a good role model

  • Thec07

    inonewordraider Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Very astute member of the NATION. One who can recognize ALL the stand up guys on this team…

  • Thec07

    BRL <——- Was a leader of boys, not men…

  • the_big_one_of_83

    anyone anyonei thought so

  • inonewordraider

    Jeremy Shockey is the type of bada$$, T.O. isn’t a bada$$ he’s a primadonna selfish immature punk

  • Pretty Rick

    What happened to the Bruce Almighty fan club? Seems like it vanished.

  • Stabler76

    No more Fargas

    No more Russell

    It has been a good offseason so far

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Pretty Rick Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    What happened to the Bruce Almighty fan club? Seems like it vanished.
    ================================================
    Once the JaDavis comparisons became a moot point….everyone realizes that Bruce is a good team player…..but is not a 16 game starter…

    I actually think its the workout injury that brought reality to the assessment of Bruce…

    Watch out for Kyle Boller….you know Al loves those big arm QBs…and he’s a former 1st round pick

  • inonewordraider

    Not sold on Schilens Murphy DHB Ford JLH yet but just wouldn’t want TO to ruin the vibe we got, let’s hope these guys take the reigns w/ a new QB/OC or bring a vet w/ better character

  • Just Win Baby

    Remember when that piece of $hiz held out at the beginning? That was the first clue. I still think we should have drafted Calvin Johnson that year. Maybe someone with nothing better to do can go back in the annals of the blog and confirm that for me. lol

  • the_big_one_of_83

    same look new team if we cut chaz for his next injury like we did o’neal we will have some money to spend cuz what good is our best vetran hands is on the bench hurt

  • Thec07

    Chaz was 7th rounder, cost you a bag of popcorn…

  • Thec07

    This is an uncapped season, you can spend as much, or not… Most teams scaled back, hence all of the tenders…

  • Thec07

    smart move on the owners part, good business decision.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    Jeremy Shockey is the type of bada$$, T.O. isn’t a bada$$ he’s a primadonna selfish immature punk

    punk is not the word this guy had the eagles lb scaried of him and shockey ran his mouth in NY

  • the_big_one_of_83

    well popcorn costs to and we need production from our vets not injurys

  • Thec07

    I am not against the T.O. Pickup. Seems that the NATION is going in a diffrent direction, decisions based on thinking, and logic… Doing whats best for the team and not one idividuals idea of how things should/ used to be….

    Other forces are at work here, we just dont see them as of yet..

  • Thec07

    the_big_one_of_83 Says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 6:55 pm
    well popcorn costs to and we need production from our vets not injurys

    ++++++++++++++++++
    Agree 100%….

  • Stabler76

    Agree 100 %

    Gallery & Kelly must step up

  • the_big_one_of_83

    a cheap javon walker

  • Thec07

    Stabler76, thats a sic a$$ name….

    Two of the greatest things combined
    Ken Stabler, and the 76′ raiders…

  • the_big_one_of_83

    this is al davis third cousin get whoever wants to just win baby

  • Thec07

    Hopefully gallery has recovered… i am concerned about satele our C. Mawae would be a good pick up…

  • Plunketthead

    Jr got 40 million?
    The IRS got at least ten million leaving thirty
    The agent got 10% ? = Three million
    That leaves JaBozo with about 27 Million.

    I hope Al pisses on his grave too.

  • Thec07

    Depending on his accountant if the fed got 10…
    Ask Boeing, chevron, and exxon

  • Stabler76

    Stabler76, thats a sic a$$ name….

    Two of the greatest things combined
    Ken Stabler, and the 76′ raiders…

    ==========================================
    Thanks thats why I picked it. I read your posts about Snake on the last thread.

    That was a fun season

  • On the beach in Cancun

    So, if you life depended on the correct answer, that being, What team, if any, will pickup “fur coat wearing,”
    diamond ear studs, chili cheese fries and triple cheeseburger eater, the JaFatAss, moron and lazy bum, Russell…who will it be?

    I don’t have a clue. I hope no one and that he just fades into the no man land of distant far away places…never to be heard of again…but liable to appear living under a bridge in Alabama…some time around 2020.

  • Stabler76

    We need a big strong stud at Center

  • the_big_one_of_83

    well this lobster is calling my name gotta go

  • Einstein

    If he’s too stupid and lazy to play football, chances are he has an accountant or financial advisor that is more than likely robbing him blind, and he is probably too lazy to even logon to his bank account to check… I wish nothing but the best of nothing for this loser….

  • stabler

    You guys need to read this – an article written on April 25, 2007, BEFORE the 2007 NFL draft, on a site called blogcritics.org. The author writes the article from the perspective of the future, the year 2011, looking back at the biggest bust of the draft that year, JaMarcus Russell of the Cleveland Browns. Sounds like a gimmick, but it’s amazing how many of the things came true:

    CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns, ending an era of missed opportunities and frustration for fans and players alike, released JaMarcus Russell today. The third pick of the 2007 draft never met the lofty expectations placed on him by a desperate community.

    When Russell first shook hands with Phil Savage and Romeo Crennel in front of the assembled Cleveland media in 2007, his potential was as massive as his frame. Even Crennel, a former defensive lineman, stood in awe of Russell’s body. “He’s a biggun, isn’t he?” joked Crennel.

    Russell’s arm was legend before the draft. He showed off before the 2007 Sugar Bowl by throwing the ball nearly the length of the field and then sitting on the turf to throw another ball 40 yards. Lesser men tried to catch a Russell Express and earned broken fingers for their trouble.

    Stuart Scott, carefully keeping his distance from the demonstration, noted to an ESPN colleague that Russell was fully capable of bettering Daunte Culpepper’s best days. Scott creatively nicknamed Russell the Brown Cannon. While Russell was somewhat inexperienced compared to Brady Quinn, a fellow 2007 draftee, his athleticism provided a future previously unimaginable for Cleveland fans: a positive one.

    The first hint of trouble came only two days later. The press conference introducing Russell came after a contract was agreed to but before it was formally signed. While both sides blamed the other, sources from both sides suggest Eric Metz, Russell’s agent, encouraged Russell to press his advantage. Minor contract requests regarding entourages, locker room amenities, and a request for a steady stream of Vanilla Oreos turned into an extended holdout.

    While Russell did eventually report to camp, it was far too late to learn the playbook in time to play more than a few downs in the last preseason game and observe for most of another miserable Browns campaign. His first start as a professional in Week 17 ended in a cascade of boos as he failed to complete more than half his passes and was sacked four times in a 42-14 loss to the Packers.

    From there, Russell walked a well-worn path to failure. Hurt feelings from Browns fans that expect their stars to understand the privilege of playing in Cleveland never truly subsided. Perhaps the lowest point came when a snowball that hit him in the helmet at Paul Brown Stadium led to a verbal confrontation with a fan in front of the fan’s four-year-old girl that required numerous half-hearted apologies to finally move on from. A false positive for a controlled substance (implied to be marijuana) leaked to the press only confirmed stereotypes for the angry Browns fan.

    On the field, Russell never improved his college style of play, holding the ball much longer than feasible for a pro quarterback and relying on his cannon. He never mastered the playbook, which was trimmed back numerous times to give more opportunities for mastery. He spent most of his last two seasons looking up from either the turf or a trainer’s table. His oblique injury in Week 12 this season was almost a relief, knocking him out for the rest of the season.

    With his athletic build and rocket arm still intact, a few teams are believed to be interested in Russell. His new agent, Leigh Steinberg, insists his client has turned over a new leaf and has been working out with a new trainer this offseason. The Chicago Bears, looking at their fourth new Week 1 starting quarterback in five years, are expected to be the lead suitor.